This past fall I was lucky enough to be able to take a class called Marine Environmental Science with Professor Amanda Truett. This class started out for me as a "required" science class for my degree however, in the end it turned out changing my life.
Dedicated to Professor Amanda Truett for opening my eyes to another world
Who is Professor Truett?
"My first degree is in Zoology from North Carolina State, and my masters in Science
Education with an emphasis on cetacean biology. Cetaceans are the whales, dolphins,
and porpoises. Now my interest is in the science/policy interface and I "specialize" in
science communications for non-majors".
"I was born in Maryland, but have traveled widely and recently spent a year at Oxford,
England studying international environmental ethics, policy, and law. My father was
American Indian (Creek tribe), and my mom is Scots-Irish. I spent a lot of years on the
open seas studying and photographing wild cetaceans and other marine mammals and
sea birds. I have also done a bit of underwater (marine) videography and have been
diving in all kinds of marine biomes around the world. Next to cetaceans, my favorite
critters are the jellyfish. or cnidarians. I like nudibranchs, too - those are those really
beautiful molluscs that have so many colors and shapes".
So, how did this class and Professor Truett change my life. Most of you know by now that my life is dedicated to speaking for those who cannot speak for themselves. I love all animals however, most of my if you will "rescue" life has been spent working with dogs, and cats, and misc other animals. One of our class assignments was to make a short video about a topic we are studying. Well, I thought...how hard can that be? My first attempt well although I liked it Professor Truett was gracious enough to delicately tell me that it was not quite right for the class. I will be posting that video on my web site but, this page is for her. The new video I hope will be inspiration to all to really understand just how important our oceans are and that truly they are dying because of US so it is US who need to save them. If this video inspires just one more person than Professor Truett's hard work will have made a difference.
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